Idle No More's "One House, Many Nations" campaign is making some headway with a unique home travelling from Manitoba to northern Saskatchewan.
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The project, which addresses the housing crisis taking place in First Nations communities, has completed the build of their first mini home. Before reaching its final destination, with a 10-hour trip from Winnipeg to Big River First Nation, the 16-by-eight foot home made a pit-stop in Saskatoon to give residents a chance to check it out.
"This house was built in less than a month and it's really warm and cozy," said Raven Sinclair during the house's stop in the bridge city. "It's off grid. It's self-sustaining and, you know, it's a small thing but it's a start."
Sitting at 1.5 stories, the building has a space of about 13 square metres. It features a kitchen, living area, bathroom, and a wood stove.
"This home is taking one person out of living in terrible and inhumane conditions, living in a 'shanty' that he's been in for 15 years and putting him into a pretty cool, unique, sustainable home," said Anita Munn, co-owner of Mini Homes of Manitoba, the Winnipeg company who built the house.
Funding for the project was provided through an Indiegogo page. So far, the group has been able to raise more than $35,000. Many local companies and individuals have also pitched in and offered services free of charge or at a discounted rates for the cause.